Illegal wood exploitation rampant at Cuc Phuong National Park

Despite guard booths by forest rangers set up at all roads leading to the forest, many big trees have been stolen from the Cuc Phuong National Park in Thanh Hoa Province. 

The 22,000-hectare park which lies in three provinces of Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh and Thanh Hoa is home to a range of flora and fauna. Many species on the brink of extinction have been found in Vietnam's first national park.

Local people in Thanh Hoa Province's Thach Thanh District have recently complained about increasing cases of wood poaching in Cuc Phuong.

Following instructions from local people, DTiNews reporters found a number of large trees being destroyed in the primary forest.

Most of the cut down trees had been taken away but many were still there. The trees being cut down were several or even hundreds metres away from one another. There were vehicle tracks that run deep into the forest.

Many trees were newly cut but in some areas the cutting took place long ago.

Some photos of the forest destroy in Cuc Phuong National Park:

A tree is felled down in Cuc Phuong National Forest

The foot of a large tree which was cut down not long ago

Some big trees were cut into small pieces

Many wood pieces left in the forest

Local people said that only valuable trees that give good-quality timber are cut

Some trees cut long ago have new shoots


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